Wandsworth’s nickname “Nappy Valley” is testament to the area’s appeal with young professional couples who opt to exchange inner city-living and loft apartments for spacious properties, gardens and good schools for their young children
- Thames river
- Green spaces
When it comes to redeveloping London’s industrial riverside past, you would be forgiven for thinking the east side of town has the monopoly. Head a few miles west down the Thames, however, and you reach the shores of a leafy alternative: Wandsworth. Over the last 25 years, the old industries that once choked the banks of the Thames around here have been replaced with stylish new flats that enjoy riverside views – adding a modern twist to an already impressive period housing stock. Life by the water is sweet in this verdant corner of southwest London thanks to famously low council tax, good schools and wide-open spaces.
- Tube: Southfields tube station is located on the fringes of Wandsworth. Situated on the District Line, it takes less than 25 minutes to reach Victoria.
- National rail: two railway stations serve the area: Wandsworth Town, which provides a Waterloo service that takes just 12 minutes; and Wandsworth Common, which provides a Victoria service that takes just 10 minutes.
- Bus: popular local bus routes include, 28 (Kensal Rise), 37 (Peckham), 44 and 170 (Victoria), 87 (Aldwych), 156 (Vauxhall) and 485 (Hammersmith).
Things to do
- Shopping: Southside Wandsworth shopping centre is awash with popular chain stores. Meanwhile, independent shops have established themselves in quieter streets such as Old York Road, St John’s Hill, Bellevue Road and Northcote Road.
- Open space: if you enjoy a riverside stroll, you will love Wandsworth. Green space is also in plentiful supply around here; the largest expanse being Wandsworth Common: 175 acres of woods, lakes and heath, where you will find playgrounds, sports facilities and a café.